Two teach­ers hurt as fight erupts at the school gates

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TEACH­ERS were knocked to the ground and kicked af­ter a fight erupted out­side a Birm­ing­ham school

Po­lice said the punch- up be­gan at the school gates at Ninestiles Academy in Acocks Green.

Teach­ers had tried to break up the fra­cas on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

Two staff mem­bers and a pupil were in­jured.

A West Mid­lands Po­lice spokes­woman said: “Po­lice were called to re­ports of an as­sault at Ninestiles Academy in Hart­field Cres­cent, Acocks Green, at around 3.45pm on Mon­day.

“It is be­lieved a fight started be­tween a group of peo­ple at the school gates.

“When teach­ers tried to in­ter­vene, they were knocked over and kicked.

“Two staff mem­bers and a stu­dent were left with mi­nor in­juries.” No ar­rests were made. West Mid­lands Po­lice con­firmed the in­ci­dent in a mes­sage cir­cu­lated in the com­mu­nity ask­ing for wit­nesses.

Of­fi­cers also con­ducted ex­tra pa­trols on Tues­day fol­low­ing ‘ re­cent in­ci­dents’.

In a mes­sage sent on Tues­day, PCSO John Lud­ford said: “Yes­ter­day there was an in­ci­dent at Ninestiles Academy, Hart­field Cres­cent, Acocks Green, where mem­bers of staff and pupils were as­saulted.

“This oc­curred at ap­prox. 3.40pm. If you were pass­ing or in the area and saw any­thing of note can you please re­spond to this email ac­cord­ingly. Re­gards John Lud­ford.”

The school made head­lines ear­lier this year when it or­dered pupils to walk the cor­ri­dors in si­lence or face a 20- minute de­ten­tion.

Ninestiles said it be­lieved the rule would “sup­port stu­dents ar­riv­ing to les­sons ready to learn”.

In a joint state­ment ad­dress­ing con­cerns from par­ents re­cently, head­teach­ers Alex Hughes and An­drea Stephens said: “Ninestiles is com­mit­ted to the high­est stan­dards of be­hav­iour and we know that stu­dents ar­riv­ing to les­sons ready to learn can be fur­ther sup­ported by do­ing so in si­lence at cer­tain points in the day.

“This is al­ready an ex­pec­ta­tion for ar­rival at ex­ams and dur­ing fire drills and, as such, is sim­ply an ex­ten­sion of that code of be­hav­iour.

“We will re­view this change at the end of Term 2.

“And the views of our stu­dents, par­ents and car­ers will be wel­comed as part of that process.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about Mon­day’s fight can call po­lice on 101 quot­ing crime ref­er­ence num­ber 20BE/ 275749Z/ 18.

Ninestiles Academy in Acocks Green

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